Asian shipping’s rapid growth and its importance globally has led to the region's port cities rivalling their European peers as major international maritime centres (IMCs).

Four major Asian cities regularly take top 10 positions in the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, an independent ranking of the performance of locations around the world that provide port and professional services to the shipping industry.

The report is published by Chinese news agency Xinhua and the Baltic Exchange.

Xinhua-Baltic's top 10 IMCs in 2021